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The Recipe Game - Mystery Recipe 3

1. This first ingredient grows on a shrub. How many grow each year depends on how thick the snow was the winter before.

Identify the ingredient : strawberries / raspberries / blueberries / cranberries

Ingredient Clue : Bears, birds, squirrels and many other animals love to eat this berry.

The berry you are after is the blueberry. If the snow is not deep enough to cover the shrub, then many of the fruit-bearing branches will freeze and not be able to produce berries the next spring. Put 1 L (4 cups) of blueberries into a large bowl.

2. This ingredient is made from a raw material produced in a tropical country.

Identify the ingredient : salt / sand / cinnamon / sugar

Ingredient Clue : In Canada, this product can be produced by removing the sweet part of a beet.

The next ingredient is sugar. Although most sugar is refined from sugar cane, sugar refined from beets is produced in Quebec, Manitoba and Alberta. The first company in Canada to refine raw sugar from sugar cane was established in Montréal in the 1850s. Add 190 ml (¾ cup) of sugar to the bowl, as well as 45 ml (3 tablespoons) of flour and 2 ml (½ teaspoon) of salt, and mix together with the blueberries.

3. You will need to prepare this part of the recipe in advance. Put one part in the bottom of a pan, add the blueberry mixture, sprinkle it with lemon juice and then put the second part of your new product on top.

Identify the ingredient : pie crust / shortbread / crepes / toast

Ingredient Clue : This part of the recipe is made mainly from flour, vegetable fat or butter, beaten eggs and water.

Pastry or pie crust is what you need. Slit the top layer of pastry so that steam will be able to escape while it is cooking. Cook it in a 400-degree oven (205ºC) for 35 to 40 minutes or until the pastry is browned.

4. Once your dessert is baked, you need to make the perfect topping. The main ingredient in this topping is a whitish liquid, produced by the mammary glands of female mammals.

Identify the ingredient : juice / custard / tapioca / cream

Ingredient Clue : This ingredient is listed under dairy products in Canada's Food Guide to Healthy Eating.

Cream is the main ingredient in the topping. Cream will add proteins, fats, lactose, vitamins and minerals to your topping. Add 250 ml (1 cup) of cream 35 % in a deep bowl.

5. The next ingredient adds flavour to your topping.

Identify the ingredient : vanilla / olive oil / maple syrup / milk

Ingredient Clue : This flavouring is difficult and expensive to extract. Today, a cheaper, artificial version is often used in its place.

Vanilla is the ingredient you're looking for. It will add flavour to your topping. The vanilla used for flavouring is extracted from the seed pod of the vanilla plant and cured. Add 5 ml (1 teaspoon) of vanilla, and 30 ml (2 teaspoons) of sugar. With an electric beatter, whip for approximately four minutes. You will have created a very special treat. If this preparation is unavailable you can use ice cream.

Guess the recipe : blueberry pie / pecan pie / brownies / Nanaimo bars

Clue for Guessing Recipe Name : This is a very enjoyable dessert. When you add the topping it is often referred to as ___________ a la mode.

The mystery recipe is : Blueberry Pie with Ice Cream

1 L
4 cups
190 ml
¾ cup
45 ml
3 tbsp.
2 ml
½ tsp.
15 ml
1 tbsp.
lemon juice
pie crusts
250 ml
1 cup
cream 35 %
5 ml
1 tsp.
30 ml
2 tbsp.